Gerontology Research Group
Table M - World's Oldest Men (WOM) Titleholders Since 1972
Revision #6: As of Mar. 14, 2016
World's Oldest Man
Gerontology Research Group case accepted 
number birthplace residence name born died age days race years age range as validated on
1 Germany West Germany Karl Friedrich Wedeking Oct. 10, 1862 May 5, 1973 110 207 W -1973 ?-110 Jan. 29, 2009
2 England (UK) England (UK) Frederick Butterfield Feb. 28, 1864 Mar. 9, 1974 110 9 W 1973-1974 109-110 July 8, 2006
3 France France Jean Teillet Nov. 6, 1866 Mar. 17, 1977 110 131 W 1974-1977 107-110 Apr. 21, 2000
4 U.S. (OH) U.S. (IA) Charlie Nelson Sept. 21, 1867 Aug. 20, 1978 110 333 W 1977-1978 109-110 Apr. 20, 2013
5 U.S. (MS) U.S. (MS) Charlie Phillips May 5, 1870 Sept. 5, 1980 110 123 B 1978-1980 108-110 June 10, 2002
6 U.S. (VA) U.S. (FL) Mathew Beard July 9, 1870 Feb. 16, 1985 114 222 B 1980-1985 110-114 July 1, 2003
7 U.S. (LA) U.S. (LA) Joe Thomas May  1, 1875 Dec. 14, 1986 111 227 B 1985-1986 110-111 July 12, 2002
8 Norway Norway Herman Smith-Johannsen June 15, 1875 Jan.  5, 1987 111 204 W 1986-1987 111 on original 1998 list
9 U.S. (NJ) U.S. (NY) Alphaeus Cole July 12, 1876 Nov. 25, 1988 112 136 W 1987-1988 110-112 on original 1998 list
10 Wales (UK) Wales (UK) John Evans Aug. 19, 1877 June 10, 1990 112 295 W 1988-1990 111-112 on original 1998 list
11 France France Henri Perignon Oct. 14, 1879 June 18, 1990 110 247 W 1990 110 Apr. 21, 2000
12 U.S. (AR) U.S. (AR) James Wiggins Oct. 15, 1879[1] Oct. 16, 1991 112 1 B 1990-1991 110-112 July 12, 2002
13 U.S. (AL) U.S. (AL) Frederick Frazier Jan. 27, 1880 June 14, 1993 113 138 W 1991-1993 111-113 July 12, 2002
14 Spain Spain Josep Armengol Jover July 23, 1881 Jan. 20, 1994 112 181 W 1993-1994 111-112 Mar.  5, 2009
15 Denmark U.S. (CA) Christian Mortensen Aug. 16, 1882 Apr. 25, 1998 115 252 W 1994-1998 111-115 on original 1998 list
16 U.S. (GA) U.S. (FL) Johnson Parks Oct. 15, 1884 July 17, 1998 113 275 B 1998 113 Aug. 10, 2002
17 U.S. (IL) U.S. (IL) Walter Richardson Nov.  7, 1885 Dec. 25, 1998 113 48 W 1998 112-113 Aug. 10, 2002
18 Japan Japan Denzo Ishizaki Oct. 20, 1886 Apr. 29, 1999 112 191 EA 1998-1999 112 1999
19 Spain Spain Antonio Urrea-Hernandez Feb. 16, 1888 Nov. 15, 1999 111 272 W 1999 111 Dec.  7, 2005
20 U.S. (TN) U.S. (TN) John Painter Sept. 20, 1888 Mar.  1, 2001 112 162 W 1999-2001 110-112 June  9, 2003
21 Italy Italy Antonio Todde Jan. 22, 1889 Jan.  3, 2002 112 346 W 2001-2002 112 Feb.  1, 2000
22 Japan Japan Yukichi Chuganji Mar. 23, 1889 Sept. 28, 2003 114 189 EA 2002-2003 112-114 Mar.  7, 2000
23 Spain Spain Joan Riudavets-Moll Dec. 15, 1889 Mar. 5, 2004 114 81 W 2003-2004 113-114 Feb.  2, 2002
24 U.S. (ME) U.S. (NY) Fred Hale Dec.  1, 1890 Nov. 19, 2004 113 354 W 2004 113 Dec.  1, 2000
25 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Emiliano Mercado del Toro Aug. 21, 1891 Jan. 24, 2007 115 156 H 2004-2007 113-115 Dec.  7, 2004
26 Japan Japan Tomoji Tanabe Sept. 18, 1895 June 19, 2009 113 274 EA 2007-2009 111-113 Oct. 30, 2005
27 England (UK) England (UK) Henry Allingham June  6, 1896 July 18, 2009 113 42 W 2009 113 July  6, 2006
28 U.S. (MN) U.S. (MT) Walter Breuning Sept. 21, 1896 Apr. 14, 2011 114 205 W 2009-2011 112-114 Sept. 23, 2006
29 Japan Japan Jiroemon Kimura Apr. 19, 1897 June 12, 2013 116 54 EA 2011-2013 113-116 Oct. 16, 2007
30 Spain U.S. (NY) Salustiano Sanchez June  8, 1901 Sept. 13, 2013 112 97 W 2013 112 July 25, 2013
31 Italy Italy Arturo Licata May  2, 1902 Apr. 24, 2014 111 357 W 2013-2014 111 Nov. 13, 2012
32 Poland [2] U.S. (NY) Dr. Alexander Imich Feb.  4, 1903 June  8, 2014 111 124 W 2014 111 Sept. 14, 2013
33 Japan Japan Sakari Momoi Feb.  5, 1903 July  5, 2015 112 150 EA 2014-2015 111-112 Dec.  6, 2013
34 Japan Japan  Yasutaro Koide Mar. 13, 1903 Jan. 19, 2016 112 312 EA 2015-2016 112 Jan.  2, 2014
35 Poland[3] Israel Israel Kristal Sept. 15, 1903   112* 181* W 2016- 112- Mar. 11, 2016
*believed to still be living Mar. 14, 2016
Notes:
List only includes validated supercentenarians, and is subject to change if other cases are later validated.
The oldest verified man in history was Jiroemon Kimura of Japan (Apr 19 1897-June 12 2013), who reached age 116 years, 54 days in 2013.
Table by Robert Douglas Young
For historical versions of Table M, please see below:
#1 (June 10, 2002):
http://www.grg.org/Archives/M1.htm
#2 (Mar. 1, 2007):
http://www.grg.org/Archives/M2.htm
#3 (Sept. 19, 2010):
http://www.grg.org/Archives/M3.htm
#4 (Apr. 28, 2015):
http://www.grg.org/Archives/M4.htm
#5 (July 14, 2015):
http://www.grg.org/Archives/M5.htm

[1]
Robert Douglas Young:

evidence has come to light suggesting that James Wiggins might have been born in 1880 instead.
[2]
Robert Douglas Young:

Poland was part of the Russian Empire in 1903
[3]
Robert Douglas Young:

Poland was part of the Russian Empire in 1903